An air conditioner can cost between $0.06 to $0.88 per hour to use. Because of this, an inefficient air conditioner can easily add hundreds of dollars to your power bill each month. When you invest in a new air conditioning unit, it is important to find one that uses the least amount of electricity possible.
What to Look for in an Energy-Efficient Air Conditioner
As the weather warms up, it is important to figure out how to keep your home as cool as possible. Heating and air conditioning form a major part of your utility bill. When you decide to trade in your energy-guzzling air conditioner for a more efficient model, there are a few things you should consider.
Programmable Temperature Settings
You don’t want your air conditioner to be set to a chilly temperature all the time. If you are at work or asleep, you will naturally want the temperature to be a little warmer. Because of this, you need an air conditioning system that allows you to schedule daily temperature changes. Some of the latest models can even be hooked up to your mobile device, so you can change the temperature when you are away from home.
At Healthy Home Heating & Air, we help customers with all types of air conditioner installations and repairs. In our experience, the right unit size depends on your home layout and environment. Because Charlotte and Monroe get so warm in the summer, it is important to find a unit that is large enough to effectively cool your home. If the air conditioner is too small, it will have to work overtime to keep your home cool. Meanwhile, an excessively large unit can leave your house feeling clammy.
Energy Efficient Ratio (EER)
The EER and seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) are two ratios that show how efficient your air conditioner is. A higher EER means your air conditioner will be less expensive to run. While SEER looks at how efficient a system is in different temperatures and humidity levels, the EER compares how efficient different air conditioners are in the same conditions.
The minimum SEER rating in the United States is 13. When you’re shopping for a new air conditioner, you want to find a SEER rating between 16 and 18. The most efficient models can have a SEER 24.
Some air conditioners are designed with energy-saving settings. This type of setting will turn off the air compressor and the fan after your home has reached a set temperature. By doing this, the air conditioner can save you extra money on your power bill.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) runs the Energy Star program to help consumers understand which devices are more efficient at using energy. Often, devices are more expensive to purchase if they have this designation. However, you will save significantly more money over the long run when buying Energy Star-rated air conditioners.
To be considered an Energy Star device, the air conditioner has to be in the top 25% of efficient air conditioners. A single-unit device should have an EER of 11. Meanwhile, split systems should have an 11.5 EER.
Why Do You Need an Energy-Efficient Air Conditioner?
While some energy-efficient air conditioners are reasonably priced, these air conditioners often cost a bit more than basic models. However, only the upfront cost is higher. A typical air conditioner lasts for 15 to 20 years. Because of this, you should prioritize finding an air conditioner that is cheaper to operate.
Energy-efficient air conditioners tend to provide a better degree of comfort. One of the reasons for this comfort is that energy-efficient devices are generally designed with variable speeds. Other than being more efficient, variable speeds are also better at keeping your home from getting too hot or too cold.
An energy-efficient air conditioner uses 30 to 50% less power than a standard air conditioner. These energy savings translate directly into a lower energy bill. Over time, these savings can add up significantly.
Variable-speed units are able to run more quietly. They don’t have to work hard to cool your home, so they can run at a lower and quieter speed. In comparison, standard air conditioners can be quite noisy because they only function at full speed.
Many new models are much quieter than older air conditioners. You can reduce the noise level even more by placing the air conditioner as far away from your home as you can. You can also decrease the compressor’s noise by placing shrubs or fences nearby.
Because energy-efficient air conditioners don’t have to work as hard to cool your home, they tend to last longer. Due to this, your ongoing maintenance costs may be less. Because the variable-speed design allows them to operate at a lower speed, mechanical parts will wear out at a slower pace.
Federal, state, and municipal governments may be willing to give you money for a new air conditioner. There are many tax credits and rebates for investing in energy-efficient appliances. Before you purchase anything, you should talk to your accountant or the HVAC company to see what type of credits are available.
If you want a smart home, you need to invest in an air conditioner that can be online. When you buy a smart air conditioner, you will be able to easily adjust your device from anywhere in your home. Plus, you can easily turn off the air conditioner with your phone if you accidentally leave it on when you go to work in the morning.
Questions You Should Ask When Buying an Energy-Efficient Air Conditioner
Since air conditioners can last for two decades, it is important to carefully pick the right air conditioner for your needs. Other than determining the right size of air conditioner for your space, you should talk to our team about the features you need. When you come to Healthy Home Heating & Air, you can get a free consultation and an estimate.
Are There Extra Components?
You should start by asking if you will need any extra components. Newer air conditioners can help improve your air quality and humidity level. In order to do this, you may need to make technical changes to your home.
How Long Is the Installation Time?
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) companies are busiest during hot weather. If you try to get an air conditioner installed during the summer, you may have to wait a few days or weeks. Installing an air conditioner often takes longer than a day because homeowners sometimes have to change their plumbing, ductwork, and electrical components as well.
What Brands and Styles Are Available?
There are many kinds of air conditioners available. When you come to Healthy Home Heating & Air, we will talk to you about the kind of unit that works best for your home and budget. We can also show you the different brands we have in stock.
What Will the Total Cost Be?
Before you invest in a new air conditioner, you need to know how much it will cost. You should also consider the installation costs and the price of extra components. Then, you can compare the total upfront cost of each air conditioner against how much it will save you on your electricity bill.
Learn More About Energy-Efficient Air Conditioners
Healthy Home Heating & Air offers plumbing, heating, and air conditioning services to Monroe and Charlotte, NC residents. We offer heating repair, drain cleaning, pipe replacement, air conditioning installation, leak detection, and heat pump installation services. For more information about energy-efficient air conditioners, reach out to us today.